The Huawei chief revealed that the proprietary operating systems are the company's Plan B and will only be put into effect if Huawei is forced to cut business ties with US-based partners like Google and Microsoft. The company has also claimed that it will continue to use Android and Windows as preferred operating system on their devices and will only resort to using its own OS in "extenuating circumstances".
A Huawei spokesperson told the South China Morning Post the company doesn't expect to use its backup systems and doesn't want to either. As a matter of fact, media reports were coming in last year, when it was said the company was already "years" into building its OS.
The company filed a lawsuit against the USA government this month in a bid to overturn a ban on purchasing its technology by federal agencies and government contractors under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Huawei's smartphones use Google Android while its laptops run on Windows. "That's our plan B. But of course we prefer to work with the ecosystems of Google and Microsoft". Huawei makes its own SoC - the Huawei Kirin, and so is not much dependent on Qualcomm's 'Snapdragon SoC, but same cannot be said of the company's patronage of Google's products and services particularly Google Android OS.
Huawei lawyers on Thursday also pleaded not guilty to federal charges that its CFO Meng Wanzhou violated United States trade sanctions on dealing with Iran and hid its dealings in the country through a subsidiary. That Huawei may face a similar ban is not out of the realm of possibility. We heard more about this OS in 2016. After all, they do make their own smartphone processors.
The world's second-largest handset player by market share now uses the Android OS for its handsets and Microsoft's Windows for its laptops and tablets.